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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

: Coltart, Nina

Nina Coltart was a distinguished member of the Independent Group. In her essays she explores the parameters of psychoanalysis against a background of broader cultural issues. The title essay is justly famous – an account of an apparently hopeless analysis, in which Dr Coltart’s dramatic intervention produced remarkable results. Read more…

Containing Anxiety in Institutions

: Menzies-Lyth, Isabel E.P.

Isabel Menzies Lyth has formulated a way of thinking about social structures as forms of defence – as ways of avoiding experiences of anxiety, guilt, doubt and uncertainty – that is as challenging as it is persuasive. She believes that the individual is engaged in a lifelong struggle against primitive anxiety. A psychoanalyst writing in the tradition of Klein and Bion, her writings span more than thirty years of research in applied psychoanalysis. This is a controversial collection, which makes available to a wider public an important part of the research tradition of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The author extends her analytic range to cover themes of children in long-stay hospitals and day-care institutions, and the maternal role today. All the essays combine her two main professional interests: the dynamics of the individual in his or her own right and the psychodynamics of the social world. This volume includes her classic study of the dynamics of nursing. Read more…

A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought

: Hinshelwood, Robert

The ideas of Melanie Klein and the post-Kleinians have a growing influence among psychoanalysts yet they are not always easy to grasp. Robert Hinshelwood offers the first comprehensive and wholly accessible exposition of the main concepts in Kleinian psychoanalysis and their more recent development. The book contains 13 main entries on the basic Kleinian concepts – splitting, paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions, projective identification, envy, internal objects – along with numerous entries on subsidiary concepts and the main post-Kleinian writers – Bion, Segal, Rosenfeld, Joseph and Meltzer. The book also has a bibliography of all Kleinian writings to date. It has already been acclaimed ‘a tremendous’ piece of work’ and as ‘the state of the art in its own domain’. Read more…

Theatres of the Body

: McDougall, Joyce

Joyce McDougall looks at people who react to psychological distress through somatic manifestations, and at the psychosomatic potential of individuals in those moments when habitual psychological ways of coping are overwhelmed, and the body pantomimes the mind’s distress. Read more…

The Analytic Experience

: Symington, Neville

There have been many expositions of psychoanalysis, but none so deeply rooted in clinical practice – both as it affects the patient, and even more as it affects the analyst. Neville Symington lectured to mental health professionals seconded to the Tavistock Centre; this book is the result of these lectures. Read more…

Governing the Soul

: Rose, Nikolas

Nikolas Rose’s Governing the Soul is now widely recognized as one of the founding texts in a new approach to analyzing the links between political power, expertise and the self. This governmentality perspective has had important implications for a range of academic disciplines including criminology, political theory, sociology and psychology and has generated much theoretical innovation and empirical investigation. The second edition contains a new introduction, which sets out the methodological and conceptual bases of this approach. Also, a new final chapter has been added that considers some of the implications of recent developments in the government of subjectivity. Read more…

Transcribing Lacan’s Seminars

: Pierrakos, Marie

The Author, Maria Pierrakos, began her working career as a freelance conference steno-typist, and it was in this capacity that she was Jacques Lacan’s steno-typist (“keybasher”) from 1967 to 1979. Awarding him a “gold medal for boorishness” – Lacan did not speak a word to her in those twelve years – it was only after she became a psychoanalyst herself that Pierrakos felt adequately equipped to explore and write about, this experience in depth. Her careful but excoriating criticism of the Lacanian system will be of interest to all readers wishing to understand more about one of the most curious phenomena of our time – how a large part of the French intelligentsia came to be captivated by “the pathetic spectacle of an old man tossing bits of string representing Borromean knots to his audience, and of hands stretching out to receive them like children at the circus”. The author records: “the posturing was backed up by a quasi-military organization, interlinking regions by sending analysts into virgin territory to preach the good word. Some had undergone only summary analysis and training, since, to quote Lacan “the analyst is only answerable to himself”. Read more…

Mental Handicap and the Human Condition

: Sinason, Valerie

People with severe and profound intellectual disabilities should have the opportunity to receive psychoanalytic psychotherapy to deal with their emotional suffering. However, their needs are not always considered. This book is not only about the people officially designated intellectually disabled, but it is also about the ways in which all of us suffer from the limitations which can be discerned from clinical work on the inner world of these individuals. This book provides detailed case accounts that show the ups and downs of the therapeutic process, particularly when dealing with these handicapped individuals. Based on more than 30 years’ of practice in the field, this stimulating, innovative, and very moving revised edition examines questions of loss, bereavement, sexual abuse, and the process and meaning of thinking. Many people wondered what actually happened in a therapy session. This landmark book by Valerie Sinason was one of the first to provide verbatim accounts of therapy sessions. Read more…

Daseinsanalysis

: Alice Holzhey-Kunz

Daseinsanalysis—the psychiatric and psychotherapeutic school of thought founded by Ludwig Binswanger and Medard Boss in the 1940s—had a huge impact on the development of existential therapies in the English-speaking world. This highly stimulating and lucid book gives a critical overview of the daseinsanalytic concepts of Binswanger and Boss and explains their key differences despite the common reference to Freudian psychoanalysis and the Heideggerian philosophy from which daseinsanalysis took its name. The author gives a systematic account of a new approach to mental suffering based on Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre that never loses sight of Freud’s fundamental insight into the hidden meaning of apparently senseless neurotic symptoms. She goes on to demonstrate that mental suffering is a ‘suffering from our own being’ and the mentally suffering patient is an individual overwhelmed by frightening experiences of the finitude and frailty of the human condition that can neither be suppressed nor tolerated. Finally, the author considers the therapeutic implications of the existential view of mental suffering and concludes that Freud’s three technical rules provide the optimal conditions for understanding and engaging with these baffling existential experiences. Alice Holzhey-Kunz, Ph.D. is a philosopher and daseinsanalytic psychotherapist in Zurich, Switzerland. She is president of the Society for Hermeneutic Anthropology and Daseinsanalysis and co-founder and co-president of the Daseinsanalytic Seminar in Zurich, where she teaches and supervises candidates. She has written three books and many articles on daseinsanalytic theory and on a new approach that combines psychoanalytic and existentialist perspectives. She is the co-editor of the new edition of Ludwig Binswanger’s selected works. ‘There are few truly thought-provoking books—this is one that draws on an extensive knowledge not only of daseinsanalysis but also psychoanalysis and 20th-century philosophy‘. Read more…

Comparative Treatments for Relationship Dysfunction

: Dattilio, Frank

This couples therapy text allows real comparisons among different approaches due to a standard structure across chapters involving an analysis of a single case. The book edited by Frank M. Dattilio and Louis Bevilacqua demonstrates a variety of interventions available for treating relationship problems. Treatment approaches are divided into psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural and integrative therapies. The volume presents 18 different treatment modalities for the same case, demonstrating a rich variety of interventions available for treating relationship problems. Treatment approaches are divided into psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral and integrative therapies. For students who want to prepare for licensure or professional counselors and therapists who want to improve their practice with couples. Read more…